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3 Possible Causes for a Stuffy Nose - CEENTA

By Staff, 06/11/18, 9:15AM EDT

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It's officially summer! And since there are no games to cover nor any scores to report, UCPS Athletics wants to take this time to recognize our community partners. Each of the organizations featured this summer are supporters and advocates of your student-athletes, coaches, administrators and athletic programs. With their continued investment, we are able to create meaningful relationships within our community and provide more opportunities and resources to our athletic programs than ever before! 

This week UCPS Athletics would like to recognize Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat. As one of the district's first community partners, they are committed to providing the best resources to our student-athletes and families. And with the official transition into summer comes those dreaded allergy symptoms. If your child is having difficulty breathing, and you don't think it's a cold read this article from CEENTA, "3 Possible Causes For a Child's Stuffy Nose".


Your child has been having difficulty breathing and their nose is always stuffy. You don’t think they have a cold, but what else might be causing problems? Today we’ll cover a few of the issues any child over the age of 1 might be facing.

IS IT ALLERGIES?

A possible cause of your child’s blocked nose is the same thing that may be blocking yours: allergies. The Charlotte region is known for its high levels of allergens, including grass pollen, tree pollen, and ragweed. Other year-round allergens include dust mites, mold, and dog and cat dander.

HOW ARE ALLERGIES TREATED?

A simple first step is to try some commonly used, safe, over-the-counter antihistamines such as Zyrtec or Claritin. Make sure you follow the instructions on the package, as dosages will differ based your child’s age. If there is no improvement, a simple skin test by one of our doctors may uncover what your child is allergic to, as well as the severity of their allergies. These tests are typically not performed on children under the age of 5 or 6, however, as their immune systems are still developing.

Once a test is done, your child’s doctor will then be able to help develop a treatment program best suited to your child’s needs. This may include over-the-counter medicines, prescription medicines, or immunotherapy, which is usually in the form of allergy shots.

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